History Main / EveryManHasHisPrice

31st Oct '16 6:55:42 AM tromag
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** There is a very well done moment in the episode "In the Pale Moonlight" where Sisko has to bribe Quark after Quark was injured defending one of his female workers by a person Sisko cannot have any official record of on the station. Quark reminds him that for all his bluster and condescension about humans being above all that, Sisko has just set his price high. Sisko looks [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame really uncomfortable]] through the entire scene.
** Specifically, this trope is the 98th Ferengi Rule of Acquisition, a motto to live by.

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** There is a very well done moment in the episode "In the Pale Moonlight" where Sisko has to bribe Quark after to cover up the crimes of someone involved in a covert mission. Quark was injured defending one of his female workers by a person accepts, smugly pointing out that this trope cuts both ways: Quark is openly willing to let criminals go free for money, but Sisko cannot have any official record of on is willing to do the station. Quark reminds him that for all his bluster and condescension about humans being above all that, Sisko has just same if the cause is important enough. [[NotSoDifferent The only difference is where they set his price high.their price]]. Sisko looks [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame really uncomfortable]] through the entire scene.
** Specifically, this trope (verbatim) is the 98th Ferengi Rule of Acquisition, a motto to live by.
18th Oct '16 3:40:48 PM BlueGuy
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10th Oct '16 8:49:34 PM erforce
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** Even Davey Jones has a price as Jack manages to negotiate him into an offer of 100 souls in exchange for his own.

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** Even Davey Jones in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second film]] has a price as Jack manages to negotiate him into an offer of 100 souls in exchange for his own.
27th Sep '16 11:58:57 PM FordPrefect
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* This is common practice in many countries, especially poorer ones. There are many places around the world where the difference between success and failure is dependent on giving the right corrupt official a small cash payout. Where foreigners from richer countries are involved, such a bribes can easily amount to more then said official's paycheck.
** Often though, it is customary to have a small face-saving device by paying the bribe in something that looks less crass then money. An art object or rare wine bottle might do for example.

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* This is common practice in many countries, especially poorer ones. There are many places around the world where the difference between success and failure is dependent on giving the right corrupt official a small cash payout. Where foreigners from richer countries are involved, such a bribes bribe can easily amount to more then said official's paycheck.
** Often though, it is customary to have a small face-saving device by paying the bribe in something that looks less crass then than money. An art object or rare wine bottle might do do, for example.



*** Ubiquitous to the point that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the American law that prohibits bribing officials in foreign countries actually has an exception for bribes that are required for people to do their job.
* This is also why there are so many "bad Russian driving" videos uploaded to YouTube - because of the rampant use of bribes, installing dashboard cameras was the easiest way to combat the corruption. It's a bit hard to convince a judge that you were at fault when there's video evidence proving that the other guy ran a stop-sign

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*** Ubiquitous to the point that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the American law that prohibits bribing officials in foreign countries countries, actually has an exception for bribes that are required for people to do their job.
* This is also why there are so many "bad Russian driving" videos uploaded to YouTube - because of the rampant use of bribes, installing dashboard cameras was the easiest way to combat the corruption. It's a bit hard to convince a judge that you were at fault when there's video evidence proving that the other guy ran a stop-signstop-sign.



* Soldiers throughout history have fallen into primarily one of two categories: honor-bound aristocrats and paid ruffians. Considering how bad military pay has been up until just last century, soldiers used to be very easy to bribe. Now, thanks to things like professional militaries, decent wages, and strict acountability, good luck.
** To this day, irregular and poor troops can be bribed, especially if they aren't sitting on anything especially important, are bored, disatisfied, or a combination. Works quite easily on freelance mercs, considering how the boss often pays peanuts if anything, and they generally don't have to hold up to ethics inquiries.

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* Soldiers throughout history have fallen into primarily one of two categories: honor-bound aristocrats and paid ruffians. Considering how bad military pay has been up until just last century, soldiers used to be very easy to bribe. Now, thanks to things like professional militaries, decent wages, and strict acountability, accountability, good luck.
** To this day, irregular and poor troops can be bribed, especially if they aren't sitting on anything especially important, are bored, disatisfied, dissatisfied, or a combination. Works quite easily on freelance mercs, considering how the boss often pays peanuts if anything, and they generally don't have to hold up to ethics inquiries.
27th Sep '16 11:54:51 PM FordPrefect
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* This is the hat of the Syndicate from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. Their [[InsistentTerminology Enlightened science]] focuses on manipulating economies and individuals through the flow of money and valuable resources; the more powerful ones can literally break reality by throwing money at it. "Hey, fire hydrant! I'll give you two hundred dollars if you'll become a flamethrower!"

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* This is the hat [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the Syndicate from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. Their [[InsistentTerminology Enlightened science]] focuses on manipulating economies and individuals through the flow of money and valuable resources; the more powerful ones can literally break reality by throwing money at it. "Hey, fire hydrant! I'll give you two hundred dollars if you'll become a flamethrower!"
6th Sep '16 10:13:42 PM trixus
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* Aversion: American officials are ''LEGENDARILY'' hard to bribe. In fact, trying to bribe one is a very good way to get yourself in extremely deep shit.

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* Aversion: American officials are ''LEGENDARILY'' hard to bribe. In fact, trying to bribe one is a very good way to get yourself in extremely deep shit. Zealous I.R.S inspections are a good deterrent.
16th Aug '16 2:06:09 AM PaulA
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** In ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', Tej's father questions her about what it would take to coopt Ivan into using his lineage to the Arqua family's benefit. Tej explains that Ivan has no ambition, thinks ambition dangerous and that what he wants is comfort (which of course he already has too much to risk). The same is asked of Simon and Ivan is amazed at the idea that Simon could be purchaseable. In fact Simon was purchaseable in a way; Simon didn't think the project would hurt Barrayar, was interested in getting an ally for Barryar's future covert-ops, had a personal interest in keeping the ObnoxiousInLaws from interfereing in Ivan's new marriage, and he was [[ItAmusedMe just plain bored.]]
** ''Memory'' demonstrates that other bribes besides the normal money, sex, power, revenge, etc, are quite common by telling an [=ImpSec=] war story of how an agent was assigned to get an elephant because a foreign diplomat had asked for that as the price of his favor in negotiations. Simon says he could not tell whether or not it was a joke but an elephant was requested and an elephant was given. In the end he decided the diplomat really ''did'' want the elephant, as he meticulously cared for it personally and took it home with him when he left.

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** In ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Tej's father questions her about what it would take to coopt Ivan into using his lineage to the Arqua family's benefit. Tej explains that Ivan has no ambition, thinks ambition dangerous and that what he wants is comfort (which of course he already has too much to risk). The same is asked of Simon and Ivan is amazed at the idea that Simon could be purchaseable. In fact Simon was purchaseable in a way; Simon didn't think the project would hurt Barrayar, was interested in getting an ally for Barryar's future covert-ops, had a personal interest in keeping the ObnoxiousInLaws from interfereing in Ivan's new marriage, and he was [[ItAmusedMe just plain bored.]]
** ''Memory'' ''Literature/{{Memory}}'' demonstrates that other bribes besides the normal money, sex, power, revenge, etc, are quite common by telling an [=ImpSec=] war story of how an agent was assigned to get an elephant because a foreign diplomat had asked for that as the price of his favor in negotiations. Simon says he could not tell whether or not it was a joke but an elephant was requested and an elephant was given. In the end he decided the diplomat really ''did'' want the elephant, as he meticulously cared for it personally and took it home with him when he left.
9th Aug '16 2:34:44 PM Ripburger
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* ''{{X-COM}} Apocalypse'' allows you to "make reparations" to the various organizations that make up Mega-City. You can give them money to change their attitude from openly hostile to neutral, or from neutral to allied (which costs a lot more). Even the Cult of Sirius, who are all but allied with the ''aliens'' can be made neutral for a short time (they'll become hostile the second you attack the aliens).

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* ''{{X-COM}} Apocalypse'' ''VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse'' allows you to "make reparations" to the various organizations that make up Mega-City. You can give them money to change their attitude from openly hostile to neutral, or from neutral to allied (which costs a lot more). Even the Cult of Sirius, who are all but allied with the ''aliens'' can be made neutral for a short time (they'll become hostile the second you attack the aliens).
8th Aug '16 8:34:55 PM JackG
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* Played for laughs in ''Literature/CharlieWilsonsWar'' when a Swiss ArmsDealer offers Gust Avrakotos a lucrative job at his company when he leaves the CIA. Gust bluntly tells him to stick it up his ass. Not put out in the slightest, the Swiss then asks if Gust likes blondes. "Well, that's different."
7th Aug '16 10:11:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In [[VorkosiganSaga Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]] Tej's father questions her about what it would take to coopt Ivan into using his lineage to the Arqua family's benefit. Tej explains that Ivan has no ambition, thinks ambition dangerous and that what he wants is comfort (which of course he already has too much to risk). The same is asked of Simon and Ivan is amazed at the idea that Simon could be purchaseable. In fact Simon was purchaseable in a way; Simon didn't think the project would hurt Barrayar, was interested in getting an ally for Barryar's future covert-ops, had a personal interest in keeping the ObnoxiousInLaws from interfereing in Ivan's new marriage, and he was [[ItAmusedMe just plain bored.]]
** In [[VorkosiganSaga Memory]] demonstrates that other bribes besides the normal money, sex, power, revenge, etc, are quite common by telling an [=ImpSec=] war story of how an agent was assigned to get an elephant because a foreign diplomat had asked for that as the price of his favor in negotiations. Simon says he could not tell whether or not it was a joke but an elephant was requested and an elephant was given. In the end he decided the diplomat really ''did'' want the elephant, as he meticulously cared for it personally and took it home with him when he left.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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In [[VorkosiganSaga Captain ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]] Alliance'', Tej's father questions her about what it would take to coopt Ivan into using his lineage to the Arqua family's benefit. Tej explains that Ivan has no ambition, thinks ambition dangerous and that what he wants is comfort (which of course he already has too much to risk). The same is asked of Simon and Ivan is amazed at the idea that Simon could be purchaseable. In fact Simon was purchaseable in a way; Simon didn't think the project would hurt Barrayar, was interested in getting an ally for Barryar's future covert-ops, had a personal interest in keeping the ObnoxiousInLaws from interfereing in Ivan's new marriage, and he was [[ItAmusedMe just plain bored.]]
** In [[VorkosiganSaga Memory]] ''Memory'' demonstrates that other bribes besides the normal money, sex, power, revenge, etc, are quite common by telling an [=ImpSec=] war story of how an agent was assigned to get an elephant because a foreign diplomat had asked for that as the price of his favor in negotiations. Simon says he could not tell whether or not it was a joke but an elephant was requested and an elephant was given. In the end he decided the diplomat really ''did'' want the elephant, as he meticulously cared for it personally and took it home with him when he left.
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